Amar Singh contradicts Shanti Bhushan`s claim

Amar Singh dismissed the claim of eminent lawyer Shanti Bhushan that the two have never met and that he had used his chartered aircraft to go to Lucknow for appearing in a case.

New Delhi: In the continuing war of words
with the Bhushans, Amar Singh on Wednesday dismissed the
claim of eminent lawyer Shanti Bhushan that the two have never
met and that he had used his chartered aircraft to go to
Lucknow for appearing in a case.

Addressing a press conference here, he said that he
had participated in a lawyer-client conference in the
Samajwadi Party case when some BSP MLAs had joined it in 2006,
in which he had a role.

The party also paid the lawyer Rs 50 lakh to fight the
anti-defection case.

Singh, who has been accused by Shanti Bhushan and his
son Prashant of being involved in fabricating a CD against
them, the senior Bhushan, co-chair of the Joint Drafting
Committee to draft the Lokpal Bill, had used his charted
aircraft to reach Lucknow to contest the case in the Bench of
the Allahabad High Court on February 28, 2006.

"I was part of the conference where we discussed the
case...he appeared twice for the party against BSP," Singh
said adding that the former Law Minister had demanded Rs 50
lakh for the case.

He said initially he was paid Rs 30 lakh in cash and
the second instalment of Rs 20 lakh after Bhushan claimed
that he needed Rs 25 lakh per appearance.

Singh claimed Bhushan was part of the 80 advocates
hired by the SP to defend its case in the High Court.

He said Bhushan would have filed Income Tax returns on
the amount received by him and his claims can also be
cross-checked from the Directorate General Civil Aviation.

Reacting to media reports that the Mayawati
government had early this year allotted two plots of 10,000 sq
metres each for farmhouse to Shanti Bhushan and his another
son Jayant, Singh said the allotments were a result of Jayant
appearing against Mayawati in the Noida statue park case.

PTI